Who Have You Inspired?

The original title of this post was ‘who has inspired you?’ as I was prompted to write it by a post that popped up on my Facebook wall from a group I follow, Suspended Coffees.   The post was this:  ‘When you reflect on your life this far, for better or worse, who made an impact that helped you grow?’

But as I was writing this post I realised that the question I wanted to ask my readers should, in fact be, ‘who have you inspired?’  Now I know the inclination is to say ‘no-one, who could I possibly have inspired?’ but the reality is that we have all had a great impact on someone else in our lives, sometimes we may not even have known at the time.

In 2010 I spent the weekend with some friends I have known for a very long time.  Indeed one of them I met when we were young adults, living and working in Paris over thirty years ago.  Over dinner one friend said he had a big announcement to make and went on to tell us he had worked his last day in an administration job and was starting a new career as an indoor landscape gardener the very next week.  He was elated and said this is the type of work he has always desired but never felt able to pursue.  He went on to say that it was, in fact, something I had said to him a year earlier that had prompted his change in thinking about his life.  Apparently I had told him in a conversation when we first met that I thought everyone should go after their dreams when they have the chance, that opportunities should always be pursued and we must take those risks as they could result in the best move we ever made in our lives.

Of course this really is my belief, and certainly has been the driving force in my life.  As I always say, if you don’t have a go you’ll never know.

Interestingly at around the same time I received a comment on a post from a regular visitor and realised how very important it is for us to always put out as much as we can in the best way possible, as it will reap rewards that we cannot possibly imagine at the time.

And my friend is now the acting manager of the indoor landscaping business.  It really was an amazing career move for him, he took a big risk and it paid off for him.

So tell me, Who Have You Inspired?  Or equally important, who has inspired you?

Enjoy the journey.

 

19 Comments

  • Hey Mandy!

    Great post! I love to be inspired as well as be inspiring to others 🙂 As a blogger I am always happy when my readers come away with something they found inspiring from my posts and gave them a boost 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!!
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  • sazia

    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    Hi Mandy Allen, Before starting blogging I don’t know what is blogging mean. One day I came to know about blogging through DC paper in which there was a news about few Indian bloggers in which I was inspired by one. I felt like it sounds good that we can earn from home. I started research and later met with so many professional bloggers they all inspired me..I learnt alot from all bloggers including you and internet marketers. All are very helpful and supportive. Thanks for sharing
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Sazia, thanks for visiting. So glad you discovered blogging and enjoy it. There are a lot of very helpful people online who can help in all sorts of ways.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Barrie Evans
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    Reply Reply May 28, 2016

    I have been told in the past by some people I worked with that I inspired them. I never really understood why, but I was grateful I could inspire them. So many people inspire me, and because I have been told I by other how I inspired them I have to tell others when they inspire me too.
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  • ikechi
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    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    Hi Mandy

    I do like this question. You know I have been told that by people how much my little advice had inspired them. Sometimes it surprises me a lot. I just read a post recently where someone shared that my blog is inspiring.

    So as you shared, knowing that our words does make people take action; this will encourage us to be give as much as we can give . Thanks for sharing. Take Care
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Ikechi, thanks for visiting. It is great to know we have inspired others even if it just in a little way.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Edward Thorpe
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    Reply Reply May 29, 2016

    Hi Mandy,

    Nice spin on the original question. I often forget that people around me do look at my actions and sometimes are influenced by them. Not that I think we should always make decisions based upon being an inspiration, or role model.

    Enjoyed your post.
    Edward
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 29, 2016

      Hi Edward, thanks for visiting. It was just this example that sprung to mind so I had to change the title to relate the story.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    Reply Reply May 30, 2016

    Mandy,

    At first I thought you might have been talking about my April article that I had written for the American Association for Integrative Medicine. The title of the article was: “Who Has Helped Shape Your Therapeutic Style” The article went on to ask directly: Who influenced you? and that article was inspired by an article I had seen somewhere else.

    But I like it so much better to ask, “Who have you influenced?” So much harder to talk about who I might have influenced. Often we don’t know because our influence goes unacknowledged. We may never see the person again. I know when I was teaching at the college, I had influenced some students to take up tennis and play for the rest of their lives. I influenced some students to love yoga and meditation and practice that. In my counseling efforts, sometimes clients will tell me what effect I have had but often they just leave at some point. If I accidentally run into a former clients, at that point they may tell me what I did that affected them or altered their course of action. And with my work online, some people have been influenced in the opposite direction, negatively, because they have seen me working so hard and they don’t want to imitate that.

    So I love your question and I may pose that question in my own blog in the future.

    Thanks.

    Warmly,
    Dr. Erica
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply May 30, 2016

      Hi Erica, thanks for visiting. I’m glad you love the question, I think we can be very humbled by an acknowledgement of our influence on someone else but what a joy it is to receive the knowledge! As a youth worker I am aware of the influence I can have on the young peoples’ pathway and take that responsibility very seriously, but this comment was completely out of the blue and I had no idea how much impact what I had said had on another person. Just goes to show we should always think carefully about what we say!

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Kathryn Maclean
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    Reply Reply May 30, 2016

    Great question. Who have I inspired?
    I may never know, but it is my aim to inspire people to do what they really want to do in this life. I am working on my blogging while working part time.

    I think I may have inspired my son to do what he wanted in life. I encouraged his movie making when he was much younger. He wrote, directed and filmed several little movies when he was just a kid.

    He now has written the script, directed and filmed and co-produced his first feature length film. “Nuclear Neighbourhood”. It was shown across Canada and in California. It was a lot of hard work but he just loved doing it.

    As Gary Vaynerchuk says – “Just go do it”. He inspires me.
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply June 1, 2016

      Hi Kathryn, thanks for visiting. It’s great that you work to inspire others, that’s really very selfless.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • STYLEMYLO

    Reply Reply June 23, 2016

    Hi Mandy
    I liked Your Question.In our life we all inspired someone and try to became like him or her.we inspire someone because we like his or her qualities and we aim to mold our life as their life.

    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply June 23, 2016

      Thanks for visiting. So very true.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Sue Bride
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    Reply Reply July 17, 2016

    It’s hard to tell when you don’t get feedback, isn’t it? I really hope that I have influenced others and helped them succeed. I hope they can learn from my own mistakes too.

    My 2 older children are pursuing successful careers in areas they wished for and I’d like to think my encouragement helped that. I gave them a lot of opportunities to try different things and when they showed interest made sure they could follow them.

    I do a lot of work online to raise awareness for Fragile X Syndrome, a condition my son suffers from. Last week I saw that one of main world organizations are doing something that I started doing last year. Sometimes it is good to be copied 🙂
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply July 18, 2016

      Hi Sue, thanks for visiting. I think sometimes we miss the feedback unless it is clearly directed to us. Listen carefully and we can hear not only in the words but in the tone of voice used and the way things are presented when someone has been touched by our words or actions.

      Enjoy the journey!

  • Sakura Vietnam

    Reply Reply September 15, 2016

    Thank for your sharing, it ‘s very useful!

  • Erika Mohssen-Beyk
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    Reply Reply September 26, 2016

    Hi Mandy ,
    I think we all inspire each other in some way.
    We may not always hear about ,but if we write with
    good intention it will be felt.
    Interesting post, good you could see that you did inspire.
    Thank you
    Erika
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    • mandyallen.com

      Reply Reply September 28, 2016

      Hi Erika, thanks for visiting. Exactly, a lot of the time we simply do not know what impact we might have had on another person. I believe that it is important to try our best, do the most that we can, be someone who is willing to do things for no reward, simply because we have no idea what the results of that action will be, therefore by doing our best always we open up the possibility of great things resulting from it, whether we know about them or not!

      Enjoy the journey!
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